4th December 2019


What did the pioneers take with them on the Oregon Trail?

FOOD: flour (600 lbs.), bacon ( 400 lbs.), coffee (60 lbs.), baking soda, corn meal, hardtack, dried beans, dried fruit, dried beef, molasses, vinegar, pepper, eggs, salt, sugar (100 lbs.), rice, tea (4 lbs.), lard (200 lbs.) BEDDING & TENT SUPPLIES: blankets, ground cloths, pillows, tent, poles, stakes, ropes.

Also to know is, what did the Conestoga wagon carry?

The Conestoga wagon is a heavy, covered wagon that was used extensively during the late eighteenth century, and the nineteenth century, in the eastern United States and Canada. It was large enough to transport loads up to 6 tons (5.4 metric tons), and was drawn by horses, mules, or oxen.

How big was a covered wagon that the pioneers used?

A covered wagon or as the pioneers called them, "Prairie Schooners," had a white canvas cloth on top with 4 wheels on the bottom. The wagons were known as the "Prairie Schooner" because the white canvas reminded many Page 2 pioneers of sailing ships. The wagons were made out of wood 4 feet wide by 12 feet long.

How much does a covered wagon hold?

A typical prairie schooner weighed about 1,300 pounds (590 kg) when empty, and the general goal was to keep the weight of the added cargo to no more than 2,000 pounds (900 kg). Teams of 10 to 12 horses or mules or six yoked oxen typically were used to pull one of these wagons, with mules and oxen generally preferred.